Tackling poverty by helping people into work was the focus of a special launch event.
Denbighshire County Council has launched Working Denbighshire which includes the OPUS, ADTRAC and Communities for Work projects.
They support residents aged 16 and over who are furthest from the labour market back into education, employment and training, all of which are key priorities within the Council’s new Corporate Plan.
The event, held at the Optic Centre in St Asaph on April 12, showcased the projects to more than 100 attendees from relevant organisations, providing information about employability support.
Cllr Hugh Evans OBE, leader of Denbighshire County Council, said:
“The Council is committed to a new approach to developing and building resilient communities across the most deprived areas, with a sharpened focus on tackling poverty by providing support that helps people into work, removes barriers into employment and gives children the best start in life.
“As part of the priorities contained within our Corporate Plan, we aim to offer the chance to develop skills for life and work, ensuring Denbighshire is a place residents and businesses are well connected and resilient and have opportunities to acquire skills and jobs, leading to successful and fulfilling lives.”
The event featured workshops with speakers helping attendees gain a better understanding of the barriers preventing people getting into work and the support available across Denbighshire.
ADTRAC, Communities For Work and OPUS are part-funded by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.
Cllr Mark Young, Denbighshire’s lead member for Corporate Standards spoke during the event, he said:
“These projects provide friendly advice and guidance through one-to-one support and focus on building motivation, aspiration and confidence to maximise personal resilience and well-being.
“They work with people to help remove their barriers to employment and increase their economic activity by improving their education and skills for jobs and training opportunities, work experience or volunteering.
“There is great partnership working across these projects, delivered by talented teams helping heroes who have changed their lives for the better. These are projects we all should be truly proud of.”
Mark Drakeford, Welsh Government finance secretary, said:
“The Welsh Government is determined to help people to access the skills and training they need to get a good-quality job. These projects are further examples of how important European funding has been to Wales and show how important it will be for the UK Government to ensure replacement funding is available post Brexit so we can continue supporting people, helping them secure a prosperous future.”
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